DHAN Tourism for Development is an outcome of the four-year pilot project 'Endogenous Tourism for Rural Livelihoods' implemented in Karaikudi and Kazhugumalai in Tamil Nadu with the support of United Nations Development Programme and Government of India. One of the key learnings of the project was that the diversified livelihood opportunities exist in the tourism sector can contribute in poverty reduction. 'Tourism for Development' would be crosscutting theme to facilitate DHAN's programmes working in the locations of tourism importance to capitalize the emerging opportunities in the tourism sector. It would be a multi-stakeholder and inclusive approach with all the stakeholders in tourism including the poor communities

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Tour Packages

DHAN Foundation is a development organisation working towards bringing significant changes in the lives of the poor through innovative themes. DHAN's core philosophy is mothering development innovations. DHAN is always on the lookout for emerging new opportunities for the poor; design a theme around the issue, experiment for few years to evolve a replicable and adaptable community organisation model in different contexts, and then consolidate the experience to launch it as a programme for scaling up.
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Show Room



Madurai Site Brochure & Presentations

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Devipattinam, a coastal village also known as Navabashanam, has a temple dedicated to Devi

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Chettinad is situated 85km from the famous temple town of Madurai.

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Tirunelveli district is the land of bards and palms. And tirunelveli district is dotted with centre of natural beauty, pilgrimage,

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About 80km inland from the Thoothukudi port, Kazhugumalai is the archaeological importance,

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Theerthamalai is an important Sacred place in Harur taluk of Dharmapuri district. Theerthamalai is situated about 16Km north-east of Harur in Dharmapuri district.

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Heritage Walk


Do you want a adventure heritage walk?

If your answer is "yes" you must have to visit Alagarmalai. Alagarmalai is located 30kms from the madurai towards north.

Jain beds and inscriptions are created by Kaninathan, Ponkollan, Athan, Anargan, Uppuvanikan, Viyakkun, Ganathikan, Panitha Vanikan Nedumalan, Kozhu Vanikan, Illanchandhan, Ven palli, Aruvai Vanikan at 2nd Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

1. Nine Hills of Madurai

2. Madurai City Heritage Walks

3. 64 Mythological Story of Lord Siva

4. Historic Villages of River Vaigai

5. Heritage Water bodies

6. Historic Village near Madurai

7. Historic Villages in near by District

8. Tirunelveli Heritage Walk



Kazhugumalai Immersion programme for dubai students - Feedback

Ambal oorani - Project plan & detailing- expected happened

Ambedkar Village - Condition & current situation- far from what we expected

Excellent Officers - Highly efficient

Comprehensive workshops - Very insightful

Great Exposure to actual field conditions

Detailing of projects

Views & opinions of villagers

How to tackle problems in acceptable mannar.

Power cuts( Cannot really be helped)

Nothing much otherwise

Most insightful and best visit possible for such a group due to helpful staff & support

Possibly increasing the size of events and creating large maso response - for immediate action to take steps to prevent problems.

Eg:- Village participation in rainwater harvesting